The Planet Clark Emerald House (PCEH) is designed and engineered to be built to the highest sustainable building standards within the parameters of the available budget, land, and resources.
The project designers were challenged to attain numerous builder-accessible green building certifications along with meeting county targets for stormwater management, relative affordability, and ease of construction.
Emerald Certification is the most stringent certification and highest achievement in sustainable building by the National Association of Home Builders under their National Green Building Standard. PCEH is on schedule to be the first NGBS-Emerald certified house built in Clark County, a leading example of how communities should build in order for their citizens to thrive now and in the future.
Certification standards are used to gauge building performance and environmental impacts. Better building practices include a building envelope with reduced air infiltration for more energy efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation, selection of non-toxic building materials, paints and finishes for healthier indoor air quality.
Target certifications for this project include:
- National Green Building Standard™ (ICC 700-2008) – Emerald level
- Earth Advantage™ New Homes – Platinum level
- Northwest ENERGY STAR® Homes
- EPA WaterSense
- EPA Indoor airPLUS
Where newer technologies in the past required compromise in design and/or functionality, that is no longer the case. Combined with innovative design, building to these certification requirements will result in a beautiful home that operates with reduced energy consumption, improved indoor air quality, and lower impact on the land and environment.
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